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Manufacturing Engineer


Bedford, PA, US

REQ ID:  42969


With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.


Manufacturing Engineer – Bedford, PA

The Kennametal manufacturing plant Bedford, PA is seeking a Manufacturing Engineer supporting the Earth Cutting Tools (ECT) Business Unit. This position is responsible for all manufacturing engineering within the facility.  This role will drive continuous improvement with cross-functional teams within and supporting the Bedford plant.  This position reports directly to the Site Business Director.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and transition new and/or improved processes and devices into manufacturing operation.  Effectively evaluate alternatives and propose best solutions.  Prepare procedures, training plans and manufacturing enabling documentation.
  • Provide on-site assistance for troubleshooting as needed during hours of operation and/or during maintenance shutdowns.
  • Lead process improvements and capital project implementation.  Effectively support Management of Change to minimize EHS risks and manufacturing disruptions. Proactively develop project plans and budgets, select and manage teams, conduct progress reviews, implement corrective actions, and ensure compliance with EHS guidelines. Meet budget, timeline and project objectives.  Regularly provide progress updates. 
  • Work with Corporate Sourcing, Finance and outside vendors to specify, procure, effectively install, start-up and complete acceptance testing of capital equipment. Develop functional specifications and evaluate alternatives.  Partner with other manufacturing locations and relevant Corporate functional teams to ensure appropriate technology/process standardization is considered.
  • Lead improvement tasks and projects using Lean and Six Sigma™ continuous improvement tools on the manufacturing floor.
  • Partner with Manufacturing, Materials Management and Finance teams to ensure that BOMs and routings accurately reflect product manufacturing steps, and are optimized to improve cost effectiveness, quality, and efficiency.  Responsible for system updates, management of setup sheets and associated documentation. 
  • Work in conjunction with Product Engineering, Sourcing and Product Management to assure timely delivery of new product requests and reviews.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of operations goals of safety, quality, customer satisfaction, employee engagement and financial performance.  Ensure compliance with established EHS and quality standards.
  • Continuously improve knowledge in areas of responsibility by proactively staying aware of technology trends, participating in training/webinars and networking with subject matter experts.
  • Operate as a role model who embraces the Kennametal Cultural Beliefs and inspires others to do the same.



Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of BS in Engineering.  Mechanical or Materials Engineering preferred.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience working in batch and discrete component manufacturing environment.  Experience with any of the following technologies: machining, welding, powder pressing and sintering, brazing, heat treating and/or molten metal operations.
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement and problem-solving skills, with experience delivering sustainable improvements with Lean and Six Sigma™ tools.
  • Experience troubleshooting, implementing, and sustaining manufacturing processes and systems related to areas of responsibility.
  • Experience executing capital projects to support replacement, modernization and/or new process implementation to achieve operational goals.
  • Strong positive interpersonal and hands-on problem-solving skills, and experience working effectively with cross-functional teams across all levels.
  • Prefer experience with process automation, PLC and robotics.  PLC programming, CNC programming experience.
  • AUTOCAD, NX CAD systems, 2D and 3D modeling, and CAD-CAM experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously, set priorities, identify, and resolve problems, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer literacy, including MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access) and MRP experience (SAP preferred).
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.



Kennametal Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of Kennametal Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or other protected status, group, or characteristic under federal, state, and/or local law or regulation. It is Kennametal Inc.'s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.


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